Basic Consumer Information
Consumer information items such as cost of attendance, how to apply for aid, and what aid is available vary by school. Please visit your school’s financial aid website for the information including, but not limited to, below.
Financial Aid Contacts
Cost of Attendance
Types of Financial Aid Available
How to Apply for Financial Aid
How Eligibility is Determined
How Aid is Awarded and Disbursed
Transfer Credit Policy
Financial Aid for Study Abroad
Satisfactory Academic Progress
Withdrawal and Refund Policies
Loan Entrance and Exit Requirements
Private Education Loan Disclosures
Gainful Employment Disclosures
Degree and Training Programs Offered
Faculty and Others Offering Instruction
Facilities and Services for Disabled Students
Student Body Diversity of Enrolled, Full-Time Pell Grant Recipients
In addition to school-specific consumer information, there is also information about Federal Student Loans, and Harvard's retention and graduation rates on these Federal websites:
- Term & Conditions for Federal Perkins and Federal Direct Loans (including deferment and forbearance provisions)
- Retention and Graduation Rates
Student Loans Code of Conduct
Harvard University is committed to the highest standard of ethics and conduct, and financial aid staff are bound to the conflict of interest and commitment policies applicable to all Harvard employees. Harvard has adopted a Code of Conduct relating to educational loan programs.
Equity in Athletics
The Equity in Athletics Disclosure Act (EADA) requires a school with an intercollegiate athletic program to make prospective students aware of its commitment to providing equitable athletic opportunities for its male and female students. Annually, the Equity in Athletics (EADA) Report is updated as required by October 15th.
Constitution Day is September 17th. Harvard University observes this day by holding a university-wide event.
Information on voter registration in Massachusetts is available at the website established by the Secretary of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.
Safety and Campus Security
Certain consumer information requirements are maintained by Harvard University Police Department and by Harvard Environmental Health & Safety. Those requirements include: crime statistics; fire statistics and logs; and alcohol and drug policies.
Harvard has developed several policy statements to ensure that Harvard's technical resources are properly protected, that the integrity and privacy of confidential information is maintained, that information resources are available when they are needed and that users of these resources understand their responsibilities.
Student Inquiries and Complaints
The Financial Aid Offices at Harvard make every attempt to resolve student complaints promptly. If you feel the situation was not resolved appropriately you may contact the University Ombudsman Office, the Massachusetts Department of Higher Education or the Federal Student Aid Ombudsman Group.
Veterans & Active Military
Harvard University is approved by the accrediting agency NECHE and the U.S. Department of Education to participate in Title IV federal student aid programs where students are enrolled via Distance Education (please contact your school's financial aid office to see if your program is approved). Harvard University is a member of the National Council for State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements (NC-SARA), an agreement among member states, districts and territories that establishes comparable national standards for interstate offering of postsecondary distance education.
Professional Licensure Programs
School of Dental Medicine
The following programs are accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation (CODA), and as such, meet the requirements for licensure in all fifty states and the District of Columbia.
- Doctor of Dental Surgery (DDS)
- Doctor of Dental Medicine (DMD)
- Dental Public Health
- Oral Medicine
- Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery
- Pediatric Dentistry
Graduate School of Design
The Master of Landscape Architecture (MLA) program is accredited by the Landscape Architectural Accreditation Board. Combined with practical experience, it meets the requirements for licensure in all fifty states and the District of Columbia.
The Master of Urban Planning (MUP) program, combined with practical experience and the AICP exam, leads to professional licensure from the American Institute of Certified Planners. Harvard has not determined whether the program meets the educational requirements for professional licensure in any state other than Massachusetts.
The Master of Architecture (MArch) program, combined with practical experience, leads to professional licensure from the National Council of Architecture Registration Board. Harvard has not determined whether the program meets the educational requirements for professional licensure in any state other than Massachusetts.
Graduate School of Education
Certificate of Advance Study in Counseling leads to professional licensure in the state of Massachusetts. Harvard has not determined whether the program meets the educational requirements for professional licensure in any state other than Massachusetts.
Harvard Law School
The Juris Doctor (JD) program is accredited by the American Bar Association (ABA), and as such, it meets the requirements for licensure in all fifty states and the District of Columbia.
Harvard Medical School
The Doctor of Medicine (MD) program is accredited by the Liaison Committee on Medical Education, and as such, it meets the requirements for licensure in all fifty states and the District of Columbia.
Chan School of Public Health
The Occupational and Environmental Medicine Residency (OEMR) program is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME), and as such, meets the requirements for licensure in all fifty states and the District of Columbia.